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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Saturday December 5, 2015, 8 pm @ Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College

with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble and Dalal Abu Amneh

Al-Bustan’s project “Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music," presents The Crossing in world premieres by Arab-American composers Kareem Roustom and Kinan Abou-afach, who take inspiration from Andalusian poetry (muwashshahat) – in collaboration with Al-Bustan’s renowned Takht Ensemble and Dalal Abu Amneh, one of Palestine’s most popular singers, who mixes Tarab (classical Arabic singing) and Arabic folk music, focusing on different Maqamat (the system of melodic modes used in Arabic music). The concert will also feature four popular muwashshahat from the Levant and North Africa (by composers Rahbani Brothers from Lebanon and Taher Guizani from Tunisia). It is a rare opportunity to hear the ensemble sing in Arabic and collaborate with new friends from around the world. Part of Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series.

Join us and Al-Bustan's Takht Ensemble for an open rehearsal on November 24th @ 6:30 PM at Trinity Center for Urban Life.  Click here to learn more.


Two world premieres
       Kinan Abou-afach: Of Nights and Solace
       Kareem Roustom: Embroidered Verses

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Fall 2015: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents "Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music" -- a multimedia project inspired by Andalusian poetry with a series of events and newly commissioned works. Video and editing by Dave Tavani. More info at:

Earlier Event: October 18
Reprise 1
Later Event: December 18
The Crossing @ Christmas